A relatively new addition to the hip De Waterkant village, The Grey hotel's
slick exterior contrasts beautifully with its cosy rooms, making it the perfect vantage point from which to explore the Mother City. Whether you're new to Cape Town or a local looking for a fun escape, 'The Grey Experience' has something for everyone.
The Grey hotel
With 13 double suites - two of which look out onto the iconic Table Mountain - The Grey hotel has an intimate and familial atmosphere as well as a distinctly Capetonian feel. The rooms are minimalist in design and feature a combination of rustic and vintage furnishings, while Moroccan influences and vibrant splashes of colour unfold throughout the hotel, and stand out brilliantly against the grey exterior.
Picture yourself sipping languidly on a signature cocktail (try the gin-based 'The Grey Standard' ) while admiring views of Cape Town from the rooftop of Skybar. Cool, stylish and sophisticated, this bar is located on top of The Grey hotel – and is decorated just as meticulously. Slatted natural wood pergolas draped with lights provide mottled shade, and vintage furniture and colourful African ottomans add a pop of colour that complements the vibrant Bo-Kaap houses beyond.
After the success of his restaurants Cheyne's and Lucky Bao in Hout Bay, owner and chef Cheyne Morrisby is taking it up a notch with the opening of Shio. A modern izakaya, neon accents and contemporary graphics decorate the walls of this moody establishment, whose menu consists of Japanese tapas-style dishes with a twist, such as pan-fried scallops with crispy bacon, smoked avo puree and tobiko caviar.
The Piano Bar
If you're in the mood to travel back in time, step inside The Piano Bar and spend the evening listening to live jazz and blues. With a slightly simpler menu to Shio, but by no means any less delicious, fresh basil cocktails and mini burgers are the perfect accompaniments to the sounds of sultry saxophone.
Capturing the casual lifestyle of Cape Town – especially in the summer – Kos Bistro looks like a beach bar that has lost its way and found itself in the city. It has a much more chilled atmosphere compared to the other eateries, and this will make you want to take a break and sip a cappuccino while watching the street life pass you by.